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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #480 on: February 23, 2012, 10:38:48 AM »
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #481 on: February 24, 2012, 08:17:50 AM »
And to think i just got rid of cable, thinking I could watch all the MLS games because I would be outside of their service area (Cleveland) with ONN.  Damn you FSN for spoiling my plans.

Good news for the Crew though.  A better TV contract will increase viewership and hopefully fans.

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« Reply #482 on: March 09, 2012, 08:59:00 AM »
And to think i just got rid of cable, thinking I could watch all the MLS games because I would be outside of their service area (Cleveland) with ONN.  Damn you FSN for spoiling my plans.

Good news for the Crew though.  A better TV contract will increase viewership and hopefully fans.
Massive Report talked about how the new FSN deal might black out the MLS Game Day Live service at Black out the Crew? It's a Possibility.  It sounds like you are right about being affected by the new deal.  The only other option I know of for viewing the Crew are streaming services like justin.tv.  It can be hit or miss, but I've watched some Crew road games there.
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« Reply #483 on: March 09, 2012, 09:15:52 AM »
The start of the Crew's 2012 season is only a day away.  It begins Saturday, March 10 at 6:00 PM (our time) at the Colorado Rapids.  Below are some previews of the 2012 team from MLS Soccer and from today's Columbus Dispatch:

MLS: 2012 Columbus Crew Preview: Squad coming together

MLS: 2012 Depth Chart: Columbus Crew

Dispatch: Crew retools in offseason but acquires no pricey star

Dispatch: Crew Starters and Reserves
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« Reply #484 on: March 09, 2012, 09:19:14 AM »
And to get pumped up for tomorrow's first kick:

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« Reply #485 on: March 11, 2012, 01:40:25 PM »
The Crew's cursed play in Colorado continues with a 2-0 loss yesterday.  The Crew probably deserved better than the final result.  But the Crew couldn't cash in on their good scoring chances.  However, Colorado did - both in the waning moments of the first half and the second half.  Below are the game highlights from MLS.

MLS: GAME HIGHLIGHTS - CREW AT COLORADO - 3-10-12

The Crew don't play next week.  (it's a bye week - weird schedule)  Their next match is on March 24 when the Crew host the newest MLS team, Montreal.
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« Reply #486 on: March 25, 2012, 06:47:09 PM »
The Crew needed to rebound from their first game at Colorado two weeks ago.  And the expansion team from Montreal coming into Crew Stadium looked like the right team to play when needing a rebound game.  But it didn't start too well for the Crew.  Montreal got three very good shot attempts in the first 15 minutes.  Only quality saves from Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum kept Montreal off the scoreboard.

But then the game turned in the 19th minute when a Montreal defender elbowed Mirosevic in the head and was given a red card.  Montreal would play one man down the rest of the game.  In the 29th minute Renteria powered into the bar and got fouled, earning a penalty kick.  Mirosevic converted the PK to give the Crew a 1-0 lead.  Montreal had a shot go off the crossbar just before halftime.  1-0 HALFTIME

The Crew got an insurance goal in the 66th minute off a beautiful cross from Francis headed in by Vargas.  The Crew had numerous other scoring chances in the second half thwarted by Montreal's goalkeeper Dovovan Ricketts to keep the game 2-0.  Gruenebaum preserved the shutout with a dazzling save in the 87th minute.  2-0 FINAL

The Crew first win of the season was good.  But it was against an expansion team playing with 10 players for most of the game.  Still, it was good to see the Crew's new players - Mirosevic and Vargas - contribute to the win.  And a win's a win.  The match highlights from MLS are below:

MLS: GAME HIGHLIGHTS - MONTREAL AT COLUMBUS - 3-24-12

And here are some photos of the game from Columbus Underground: Home Opener: Crew Top Montreal 2-0

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« Reply #487 on: April 04, 2012, 12:14:13 PM »
The Crew travelled north of the border last Saturday to face Toronto FC.  A place where the Crew has had good results in the past - and facing a rebuilding Toronto team that has struggled so far this season.  Toronto had a good scoring chance in the 11th minute that was skillfully saved by Crew goalkeeper Gruenebaum.  Columbus was handed a golden opportunity in the 42nd minute when Vargas was fouled in the box to give the Crew a penalty kick.  But the PK taken by Mirosevic was stopped by the Toronto keeper.  0-0 HALFTIME

The Crew took control of the game after halftime.  In the 56th minute, Mirosevic dispossessed an attacking Toronto player in the Crew's half of the field.  Mirosevic's tackle knocked the ball to Bernardo Anor, who immediately went on the counter-attack straight down the center.  He passed it to Vargas just short of the box.  Vargas immediately passed it back to Anor into the box.  Anor fought off an attempted clear from a Toronto defender and blasted it past the Toronto keeper for the goal.  Very well done.  1-0 CREW

Renteria had a shot beat the keeper but go just wide in the 67th minute.  Otherwise, the Crew packed it in defensively to stymie Toronto's efforts to tie the game.  Gruenebaum made an athletic save in the 72nd minute to thwart an open Toronto attacker in the box.  1-0 FINAL

The Crew are now 2-1-0.  Toronto is now winless in their first three games - and they didn't look sharp in this game.  How much of this win was the Crew's doing and how much was Toronto's?  Maybe a little of both.  But a road win's a road win.  The match highlights from MLS are below.  Massive Report also had an interesting running commentary of the game: Thoughts During the Match: Columbus Crew at Toronto FC

MLS: GAME HIGHLIGHTS - COLUMBUS AT TORONTO - 3-31-12

The Crew host Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls next Saturday in Crew Stadium.  The Red Bulls are fresh off a 5-2 pounding of Montreal (where Montreal took a 2-0 lead!) in which Henry scored three goals!  The Crew's defense will certainly be tested by New York.  And who will be in goal for the Crew?  Hesmer is now healthy enough to start.  But Gruenebaum's looked good in the first three games.
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #488 on: April 05, 2012, 09:42:24 AM »
NYRB back line is atrocious, while their skill in the attacking third is probably one of the best in the league.  If anyone is a mild soccer fan and wants to see a high scoring game, this is the one to go to. 

The Crew's back line is much better than Montreal, not hard to be though quite honestly.  I think Henry or Cooper will get a goal, but between Gaven, Duka, et al the crew will get at least two (hopefully more).  NYRB have not played well on the road and I see that continuing.

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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #489 on: April 05, 2012, 11:28:54 AM »
Is duka playing this week? That would be huge if the crew got him back.The crew hasn't played yet this year with a predominately healthy starting lineup. It sucks luke rodgers wasn't granted a visa since I always enjoy his style of play for new york. I'm going with a 3-2 win for the crew. I'll say renteria,mirosevic,and finley with the goals.

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« Reply #490 on: April 05, 2012, 12:47:13 PM »
Is duka playing this week? That would be huge if the crew got him back.The crew hasn't played yet this year with a predominately healthy starting lineup. It sucks luke rodgers wasn't granted a visa since I always enjoy his style of play for new york. I'm going with a 3-2 win for the crew. I'll say renteria,mirosevic,and finley with the goals.

Per the MLS injury report he is not listed as OUT: http://sports.yahoo.com/mls/news;_ylt=Ajo.9XjFBq776FtiCCnMgUVL0bYF?slug=mlsinjury

Can't guarantee he'll play but its better than being listed on that report.

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« Reply #491 on: April 05, 2012, 02:13:36 PM »
That would be great if we could get duka,mendes,and o'rourke all healthy for the game. It will be interesting to see who starts at GK as well. It seems like we might have a bit of controversy brewing.

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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #492 on: April 09, 2012, 09:44:42 AM »
Well that sucked.  Crew got rocked by the Red Bulls. 

http://www.massivereport.com/2012/4/8/2933589/columbus-vs-new-york-match-recap#storyjump

Columbus vs. New York (Match Recap)

by Aaron Katzeman on Apr 8, 2012 9:23 AM EDT

Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper proved to be too much for Columbus on Saturday. Each scored twice in the 4-1 beating the New York Red Bulls gave to the Crew.

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« Reply #493 on: April 09, 2012, 12:08:27 PM »
^ It's like the Crew celebrated Easter weekend by laying an egg!  Henry and Cooper played well and finished their chances like all-stars.  But that was a really rough start for the Crew defense.  3-0 at halftime.  Ugh.

Maybe they'll fare better at Philly next Saturday.  It's a road game, but Philly is off to a horrendous 0-3-1 start.
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« Reply #494 on: April 13, 2012, 01:28:41 PM »
Terrible news about primary goalkeeper Will Hesmer and reserve forward Heinemann.  Worse news about Hesmer since he's been the Crew's rock-solid keeper for years.  Looks like we'll be seeing alot more from Andy Gruenebaum.  Here's the article from the Dispatch below:

Crew: Hesmer, Heinemann out for season
By Adam Jardy, The Columbus Dispatch
Friday, April 13, 2012 - 12:22 PM


Goalkeeper William Hesmer and forward Tommy Heinemann will miss the remainder of the 2012 season after each undergoing microfracture surgery, the Crew announced today.
     
Hesmer had surgery on his right hip that is expected to sideline him for at least six months while Heinemann’s procedure on his left knee will keep him out of action for 9-12 months.
 
MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2012/04/13/13-crew-injuries.html
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« Reply #495 on: April 13, 2012, 01:34:49 PM »
And a potentially troubling note from the Friday Bob Hunter "Rumblings" commentary column about Danny O'Rourke:

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Danny O’Rourke missed the Crew’s past two games because of an ankle injury, which neither he nor anyone will else will say much about.  He tweaked it two weeks ago, and team insiders suspect the injury might be more mental than physical.  Injuries have limited O’Rourke to 23 games the past two seasons.
 
After the defender participated in two full practices in a row this week, coach Robert Warzycha was asked if that was a good sign for a game on Saturday against Philadelphia.
 
“Next question,” Warzycha said.
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« Reply #496 on: April 16, 2012, 09:44:44 AM »
The Crew were looking to rebound against winless Philadelphia on Saturday.  Eric Gehrig replaced Danny O'Rourke, who was a pre-game scratch due to injury.  Aaron Schoenfeld replaced the slumping Emilio Renteria in a quest for offense.  But there wasn't much to be found - by either the Crew or the Union.  The sole highlight was in the 38th minute from Philly.  Freddy Adu (yes that Freddy Adu) rocketed a shot into the box that found the arm of Gehrig and got Philly a penalty kick on the hand-ball.  The PK was - in the words of the NBC Sports announcer - impudently chipped in by Gabriel Gómez for the game's only goal.  PHILADELPHIA 1-0

Not much to see.  But here are the MLSsoccer highlights:

MLS: GAME HIGHLIGHTS - COLUMBUS AT PHILADELPHIA - 4-14-12

Sure has been a big comedown after back-to-back wins against Montreal and Toronto.  Maybe the Crew should play an all-Canadian schedule?  Instead, Columbus will host Houston next week.  And even if the Crew's play continues to be sub-par, at least it's a Buck-a-Brat and $1 draft beer special night. :wink:
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« Reply #497 on: April 21, 2012, 10:37:58 AM »
Crew fans could use a little good news right now.  This announcement certainly qualifies:

The Crew: Crew legend Frankie Hejduk officially retires, joins club's front office


And even the Columbus Dispatch's most veteran sports writer devoted some ink/webspace to the announcement - in which Hejduk also dicussed his new role as the team’s “brand ambassador”:

Dispatch: Bob Hunter commentary: Cheers to Crew for hiring Hejduk
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« Reply #498 on: April 22, 2012, 05:41:14 PM »
A "could-have-been-better but could-have-been-worse" game on a blustery Spring night at Crew Stadium.  The first half was cold.  But the second half heated up.

Houston started the scoring with a dynamite header off a corner kick in the 59th minute.  The Crew evened it up in the 63rd minute off a Houston defensive miscue.  A Houston defender tried to pass a long ball near the box back to his goalkeeper.  Under pressure from Renteria, the Houston goalkeeper deflected the ball to Eddie Gaven - who struck it home.  In the 74th minute the Crew took a 2-1 lead.  Vukovic struck a ball into the box, which was deflected by Schoenfeld back to an on-rushing Eddie Gaven - who blasted it past the Houston goalkeeper.  Unfortunately, the Crew couldn't hold the lead.  Houston tied it up in the 81st minute.

The Crew almost won it in the 88th minute, when a melee in front of the Houston net resulted in two point-blank saves by the Houston goalkeeper and one save by a Houston defender.  But the third goal did not come - and the game ended 2-2.

Here are the MLSsoccer highlights:

MLS: GAME HIGHLIGHTS - HOUSTON AT COLUMBUS - 4-21-12

Despite only getting a draw, it was great to see Eddie Gaven score twice.  And the Crew's offense looked much more dangerous in this game against a quality team like Houston.  If the Crew can keep this up, they'll see better results in future games.  Columbus will host Vancouver next Saturday.
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« Reply #499 on: April 22, 2012, 08:02:14 PM »
The second Gaven goal was WOW!

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« Reply #500 on: April 22, 2012, 08:51:49 PM »
The second Gaven goal was WOW!
Yeah it really was amazing! I was really was happy with the crews effort although the defensive collapse that gave up the equalizing goal was really disappointing.

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« Reply #501 on: April 30, 2012, 06:59:45 AM »
Well, if the Crew keep losing I don't think the attendance jump they have received will remain.  This is an interesting article as unless you can get to the NFL popularity level stadium placement is a big driver of attendance.

http://www.soccernewsday.com/usa/a/131/mls-stadium-locations-attendance-comparison

MLS Stadium Locations & Attendance Comparison
Comparing distances of MLS stadiums from their urban cores with recent club attendance figures

This week I decided to compile some statistics on something that always seems to come up in MLS: the current attendance per club stats and the location of their stadiums in regards to those trends. This time we see how the distance per club and the classifications of those distances may (or may not) affect overall attendance.

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« Reply #502 on: April 30, 2012, 08:53:03 AM »
Another night of dreary weather and another disappointing result at last Saturday's game against Vancouver.  And the Crew really did deserve a better fate then they got.  They started off strong by knocking two balls in the back of the net in the first 5 minutes.  Unfortunately, both goals were called back. 

In the 3rd minute, the first "goal" occurred off a Mirosevic corner kick that defenseman Josh Williams hit in with his right foot.  That beautiful goal was disallowed due to a questionable foul on Marshall in the box.  Then, in the 5th minute, a Vargas to Schoenfeld combination found Eddie Gaven wide open in the box for a goal.  However, that goal was disallowed due to Gaven being barely offside.  In the 16th minute, Josh Williams blasted a beautiful bicycle kick from a corner that rang off the crossbar.  The Crew dominated possession for the rest of the first half and had two more scoring chances from Gaven and Schoenfeld that were well saved by the Vancouver goalkeeper.  0-0 HALFTIME

The Crew kept up the possession advantage early in the second half but didn't generate any quality scoring chances.  However, in the 74th minute, Vancouver defender Y.P. Lee took a free kick just outside the box.  Crew goalkeeper Gruenebaum initially took a step forward to prevent a crossing play - only to realize too late that the free kick was on goal - and saw the ball go into the net past his outstretched hand.  Lee even admitted after the game that he was trying for a crossing pass, but "mis-hit" the ball to perfectly place it on goal instead.  VANCOUVER WINS 1-0

Here are the MLSsoccer highlights:

MLS: GAME HIGHLIGHTS - VANCOUVER AT COLUMBUS - 4-28-12

So, even though the Crew dominated possession, generated multiple scoring chances, and defensively shut down Vancouver's offense - the Crew end up on the wrong end of a 1-0 result because of one "mis-hit" free kick!  Sometimes the game of soccer isn't fair.  The Crew are now a disappointing 2-4-1 after going winless in April.  And the May schedule doesn't let up on the Crew as 3 of the next 4 matches will be on the west coast.  Columbus travels to Portland for next Saturday's match.
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« Reply #503 on: April 30, 2012, 09:32:32 AM »
The marshall foul was a joke as was the yellow card he recieved in the 2nd half when going up for a header. Apparently, the ref didn't understand that the offensive player had the right to go for the ball. That may have been the most dominating performance that resulted in a loss that I've ever seen.

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« Reply #504 on: May 07, 2012, 08:31:45 AM »
Question: When does a 0-0 draw feel like a win?

Answer: When you bring a Columbus Crew team that resembles a MASH unit to face a Portland team before the Timbers Army.  The Crew already lost Vargas and Schoenfeld because of last week's game.  Then they lost Chad Marshall during a Friday practice due to concussion symptoms and held him out of this game.

The 0-0 final score belied the number of scoring chances for both teams - and the number of great saves from both goalkeepers.  Troy Perkins of Portland and Andy Gruenebaum of Columbus both made spectacular saves to keep the game scoreless.  Josh Williams was also a stand-out for the Crew - filling in for Marshall defensively and getting a shot on goal.  Here are the MLSsoccer highlights:

MLS: GAME HIGHLIGHTS - COLUMBUS AT PORTLAND - 5-5-12

Columbus returns home to face FC Dallas next Saturday at Crew Stadium.
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« Reply #505 on: May 14, 2012, 09:47:33 AM »
Saturday's match against Dallas had all the makings of another Crew loss.  The first half went badly for the Crew.  In the 22nd minute, Crew midfielder Tony Tchani had Dallas forward Fabian Castillo well defended along the sideline when the ball skirted on the out-of-bounds line.  Tchani stops defending to argue with the official that the ball went out-of-bounds (replays showed it didn't).  The now unmarked Castillo streaks towards the goal and beats Crew goalkeeper Gruenebaum for a goal.  Just an egregiously bad play by Tchani.  DALLAS LEADS 1-0

Things looked even worse near the end of the first half when Crew forward Ethan Finlay suffered an elbow to the head and had to be replaced by Justin Meram.  But that foul and the substitution would set the stage for a second half Crew comeback.  In the 63rd minute, another Dallas player elbowed a Crew player in the head.  This lead to a yellow card, which was this Dallas player's second yellow card, and meant a red card ejection.  With Dallas now down to 10 men, Meram took advantage in the 67th minute.  Meram blasted a 35-yard shot for his first-ever MLS goal and the Crew's first goal.  GAME TIED 1-1.

Only a few minutes later Mirosevic had a great scoring chance saved by the Dallas goalkeeper.  This set up a Crew corner kick.  Vukovic took the corner kick in the 72nd minute and found a completely unmarked Sebastian Miranda just outside the box.  Then Miranda uncorked one of the longest and fastest headers you may ever see and blasted a 20-yard header past the keeper for the Crew's second goal.  CREW WIN 2-1

MLS: GAME HIGHLIGHTS - DALLAS AT COLUMBUS - 5-12-12

It's a good thing the Crew won Saturday's home game.  Four of their next five games are on the road.  The next two road games are at San Jose next Saturday and at Seattle the following Wednesday.
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« Reply #506 on: May 14, 2012, 09:48:09 AM »
In addition to winning Saturday's game against, the Crew also won the Pioneer Cup.  This goes to the winner of the two MLS teams owned by the Hunt family (previously by the late Lamar Hunt, AFL and MLS pioneer).  Below is a photo of the Lamar Hunt Flag Corps at the game and of Crew Captain Danny O'Rourke holding the Pioneer Cup after the game courtesy of Columbus Underground.



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« Reply #507 on: May 18, 2012, 08:33:51 AM »
The Crew marked the 13th anniversary of the opening of Crew Stadium earlier this week.  It was noted by the Columbus Dispatch in their on-going Bicentennial column that features an historic event on each calender day: Columbus Mileposts | May 15, 1999: Country’s first soccer-specific stadium opens and by the Dispatch's Crew blog: Crew, Fans Reflect On Anniversary.

Just prior to that 13th anniversary, the Houston Dynamos opened their new stadium.  Which is the latest in a string of great new soccer-specific venues for Major League Soccer.  Houston's stadium broke new ground because it's the first of these new venues located in their city's downtown district.  More about it from the Houston Dynamo website and from wikipedia.

Those two events got me thinking about just how far Major League Soccer has come as a league in those 13 years.  In 1999, there were only 12 MLS teams.  And only the Columbus franchise was playing in a soccer-specific stadium.  Now in 2012, there are 19 teams.  And only three of those teams are not playing in places that were either built or renovated as soccer-first venues.  Crew Stadium was built for $28 million in 1999.  Now MLS is getting brand new stadiums like a $200 million New York Red Bulls stadium in 2010, a $120 million Philadelphia stadium in 2010, a $200 million Kansas City stadium in 2011, and now a $95 million Houston stadium.  The present and future of MLS looks good.
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« Reply #508 on: May 18, 2012, 10:32:18 AM »
^ Don't forget that for the 2002 season MLS contracted two teams to go down to 10 total.  At the time it really looked like the beginning of the end.  So, if you look at the situation from that nadir it is really amazing to where they have come.  I still wish the playoff format just took the top 4 teams from each conference but that is a debate for another time (like after the second NYC team is added).

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« Reply #509 on: May 18, 2012, 11:42:22 AM »
The Crew marked the 13th anniversary of the opening of Crew Stadium earlier this week.  It was noted by the Columbus Dispatch in their on-going Bicentennial column that features an historic event on each calender day: Columbus Mileposts | May 15, 1999: Country’s first soccer-specific stadium opens and by the Dispatch's Crew blog: Crew, Fans Reflect On Anniversary.

Just prior to that 13th anniversary, the Houston Dynamos opened their new stadium.  Which is the latest in a string of great new soccer-specific venues for Major League Soccer.  Houston's stadium broke new ground because it's the first of these new venues located in their city's downtown district.  More about it from the Houston Dynamo website and from wikipedia.

Those two events got me thinking about just how far Major League Soccer has come as a league in those 13 years.  In 1999, there were only 12 MLS teams.  And only the Columbus franchise was playing in a soccer-specific stadium.  Now in 2012, there are 19 teams.  And only three of those teams are not playing in places that were either built or renovated as soccer-first venues.  Crew Stadium was built for $28 million in 1999.  Now MLS is getting brand new stadiums like a $200 million New York Red Bulls stadium in 2010, a $120 million Philadelphia stadium in 2010, a $200 million Kansas City stadium in 2011, and now a $95 million Houston stadium.  The present and future of MLS looks good.

Columbo, here up in Cleveland we seemed pretty close to getting a team. If we actually do, I'm interested in what you think the dynamic would be? It would seem a natural rivalry, but then it struck me that there is no modern example of a Columbus/Cleveland sports rivalry that I know of. It could be interesting.

p.s. Happy anniversary Crew